Jay Bouwmeester D STL May 05 '78

The Calgary Flames have new and improved options for trading Jay Bouwmeester if they wish to deal the veteran defenseman.

With the Nashville Predators deciding Tuesday to keep Shea Weber by matching the offer sheet their captain signed with the Philadelphia Flyers - 14 years and US$110 million - the market for a minute-eating blueliner couldn't be higher in the NHL. With Weber staying in Music City, U.S.A., Ryan Suter going to the Minnesota Wild via free agency and Matt Carle opting to sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning, there are a few teams in dire need of a top-pairing blueliner and even fewer candidates to be nabbed. Bouwmeester may have his critics who feel he hasn't delivered after joining the Flames with a salary worth $6.68 million per season, but even the most ardent haters have to agree the lanky Edmonton product is a top-pairing player.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Apr 11 '78

The Chicago Blackhawks are said to be interested in Calgary defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

Although Calgary GM Jay Feaster said on Thursday that he has no plans to trade the defenseman at this time, it does not preclude him from a deal later in the summer, especially if the Flames pick up a free agent or two. The Blackhawks have apparently inquired about dealing for the defenseman who has chewed up more minutes on the blueline in the last five years than any other player in the NHL. While his offensive production has fallen since going to Calgary three years ago, he still could prove to be a very good two-way defenseman if he changes teams.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Apr 09 '78

Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster stated that he has no plans at this time to trade defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

Bouwmeester is still a monster as far as chewing up ice time as he finished third in the NHL behind only Brian Campbell and Dan Girardi, but he has not performed as an offensive stud since signing on with the Flames three seasons ago. He has scored only 12 goals in the last three seasons combined after 12, 15 and 15 in his three previous campaigns in Florida. While Feaster said that he had no plans at this time, it doesn't preclude him from dealing him later in the summer. Stay tuned.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Apr 07 '78

Jay Bouwmeester could be on his way out of Calgary following the trade and signing of Dennis Wideman.

The move would make sense now according to Sportsnet's Roger Millions and we agree with him. Bouwmeester's name came up in trade rumors as the 2012 NHL Entry Draft approached, but he didn't change teams during that time.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Apr 06 '78

As the Blues search for a top-four defenseman, Jay Bouwmeester could be a trade target.

The Flames defenseman had 29 points but was a minus-21 last season, the seventh one in a row he played in all 82 games. He is due $6.7 million for the next two years. The Blues also have interest in Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Mar 27 '78

With the entry draft soon approaching and the Flames looking to re-tool to some extent, don't be surprised if Jay Bouwmeester is traded.

In a radio interview Flames' coach Bob Hartley left Bouwmeester's name out in a list of players he considered the team's core. For me,'' Hartley said, "looking at Jarome, Giordano, Tanguay, Glencross, Cammalleri, Kiprusoff . . . that's going to be the core of our team.'' Hmm. Keep an eye on this situation going forward.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Feb 10 '78

Jay Bouwmeester has played in 717 career games without winning a single postseason contest.

Olli Jokinen holds the record for having to participate in 799 games before he finally made the playoffs. In other words, if Bouwmeester stays healthy, he might tie Jokinen's record in 2012-13.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Jan 13 '78

Jay Bouwmeester is still searching for his first NHL playoff game.

Bouwmeester broke into the NHL in 2002-03 and in all that time, he has never played for a playoff squad. That's 715 games and counting. That's an awfully rare feat for an NHL regular, considering that most teams don't go nearly that long without making the playoffs. Bouwmeester spent six seasons in Florida before opting to sign a five-year/$33.4 million deal with the Calgary Flames. At the time, Calgary looked like the stronger franchise, but as luck would have it, the Flames will miss the playoffs for a third straight season. Meanwhile, the Florida Panthers will finally break their postseason drought this season.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Jan 09 '78

Jay Bouwmeester accidentally knocked in Colorado's opening goal in Friday's game while trying to clear the puck.

"It's not a very good feeling, that's for sure," Bouwmeester said. "It was rolling and I tried to play it across my body and put it in the corner. Obviously, it didn't go in the corner." Bouwmeester hasn't scored a goal on the opposing net since Feb. 3. Unfortunately for Calgary, things only got worse from there and the team ended up losing 4-1.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Jan 08 '78

Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is closing in on a futility record for most games played without playing in the post-season.

The Flames are in tough for the final playoff spot and if they miss, Bouwmeester will have played 717 games without making it into the playoffs. The record is 734, held by Guy Charron which Bouwmeester will break early next season and since he holds the record of most consecutive games played by a defenseman with 584 games, it seems highly likely that Charron's name will be stricken from the record books for eternity.